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Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide, 1913 Hardcover – 20 Sep 2012

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  • Hardcover: 1560 pages
  • Publisher: Old House Books; fold-out maps, transparent jacket edition (20 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908402474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908402479
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book is a rare treasure ... reprinted not just thoroughly but lovingly, with maps placed in special plastic pockets and even the original bookmark ... I cannot think of a better present.' --Engineering & Technology Magazine

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What an excellent book. It harks back to a golden age and is detailed with adverts for products some of which are still with us like Enos and Collis Brown's medecine. The adverts for the hotels are very evocative and the timetables transport you (sorry for the pun) to a different era. Hours of endless amusement in front of me. The surprise bonus are the pull out maps.
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This hefty tome, as austere and daunting as it looks, has to rank as one of the most outstanding works in the history of railway literature, here is something no well heeled traveller, in the death throes of genteel Edwardian England, could afford to be without, over the course of its 1106 pages, the traveller has everything at their fingertips they would ever need, a comprehensive guide of direct routes to the principle cities, railway timetable of each country of europe, a hotel directory, general advice to travellers, almanac & tide table, information on money, weights & measures, a short descriptive guide to each country and its principle cities and much much more, this is in my opinion another five star hit for old house who have given us an invaluable treasure, a snapshot of a bustling but genteel Europe who could have no idea of the horror that was waiting to unfold
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This book is the facsimile of the book Michael Portillo uses in his latest (2012) railway television series. If you liked that and we're intrigued by the original 1913 book he carries everywhere you will be delighted with this very thick book. Twice as thick as a phone book and nicely printed the good quality is also enhanced by the fold-out coloured maps and also the large separate coloured map in a clever pocket inside the front cover. This takes you right into 1913 Europe just before the First World War changed everything. For £16 this is very reasonable, treat yourself!
Also Amazon's delivery was like lightning.
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I was so jealous when Michael Portillo had this and I didn't. But now I have and I love it. So much fun. But, unless you have excellent eyesight, buy a magnifying glass too!
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Having watched the outstanding new series on BBC TV, I have decided to take myself to Switzerland. This volume is very large, but outstanding. However there is a Kindle version for a fraction of the price (you don't need an actual Kindle - a tablet with app will do fine). Go for it!
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Now I can pretend to be Michael Portillo although of course he has an original copy not a reprint.
The significance of the date is explained in the introduction to each Great Continental Railway Journeys No one could know that shortly our way of life was about to change forever The era of the de-luxe train ceased when war broke out in 1914. After the war some trains were re-routed to avoid Germany eg Simplon Orient Arlberg Orient. Then just as things were improving and Europe was climbing out of recession there was a second world war from which luxury train travel never fully recovered not helped by the advent of jet travel package tours etc. In the end operators like SNCF just wanted to get rid of slow moving trains with aged rolling stock eg D262 Orient Express Night Ferry which got in the way of TGVs.
Now trains are functional and soulless.
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I chose this book for my father, who is a keen railway fan and is planning a rail trip to Italy next year. Although the book is rather thick and heavy he tells me that it will be traveling with him (I guess that's one of the pleasures of rail travel - no weight restrictions!) and we have already amused ourselves by reading the guide to the cities he'll be visiting. He also plans to read the timetables within it and compare the journey times, stops etc to his own journey. It's a hit.
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Just the job ......very pleased with the book....as others have said not a book to read on bed....I found that the print although small is just the same as the British guide..... It was a pity that all the maps were not loose and fitted into the wallet inside the front cover....all in all a good view of how the continental railways were in days of old
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